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The Government of Abia State has shut 197 ‘substandard’ private schools as part of its efforts to reform the education sector.
Mr. Okey Kanu who is Commissioner of Information and Culture made this known when he addressed reporters at the Government House, Umuahia on the outcome of yesterday’s state Executive Council meeting.
He pointed out about 900 private schools had been inspected in the ongoing inspection of private schools.
According to Kanu, the initiative was a result of the government’s determination to raise educational standards.
He also spoke on government’s plan to fix internal roads in the major cities, saying Ministry of Works had been directed to undertake the task.
Commissioner for Health Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo said over 8,000 people had received free medicare under the free medical services offered by the government.
She said government had begun to retrofit Cottage Hospital in Aba, to enhance its capacity, adding that it would soon be reopened.
The Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Uzo Nwachukwu said government had appointed Transition Committee (TC) chairmen, deputy chairmen and councillors for the 17 local governments.
He said individuals with the capacity to deliver the rebuilding agenda of the current administration were selected to do the job.
Nwachukwu said TC members were entitled to statutory six months tenure and that by reviewing the law, their tenure could be extended.